Castleton Tower - North Chimney - 2020

On our last day in Utah, we decided we had to end the trip on a classic tower climb! Castleton sounded like the best tower route. We knew it’d be busy, so we got to the trailhead at 6:30 AM (dusk was at 7:15 AM), but despite that, there were already groups over 2/3rds of…

Mile High Club (and Redlining attempt) 2020

We left the car at 5:10 AM in the dark. Partway up, we saw some headlamps up in the valley, but they were oddly spaced apart and there was only one car at the trailhead… later we saw more “lights”, turns out it was just moonlight reflecting off the wet rocks! We got to the…

Orbit 2020

Gear 60m rope Doubles of #0.3-1, and a single #0.2 and single #2… I actually meant to bring doubles of #2 and a single #3, but I’m glad I didn’t, this gear was perfect!! No reason to bring those other two cams! Nuts with doubles of two of the medium-small ones Radios! Useful! Basically each…

Elephant's Perch - Mountaineer's Route 2020

Due to COVID, we chose to skip taking the boat and hike all the way in. But we first started off our morning with baked goods from the bakery, the fresh warm chocolate croissant was soooo good! The hike in is loooooong. Once you get near the end of the lake, the views start to…

Lexington - East Face - 2020

Gear Cams of 0.3-5 (plus Trango Big Bro equivalent to #6), with doubles of 0.5-1, and nuts, worked perfectly! Used #5 on four pitches, #6 only on the two chimney pitches, I’d bring the same gear next time! If anything maybe leave the #6, but I was happy to have it. Radios – They were…

Prusik Peak 2020

We started the morning at 3:15 AM at Colchuck Lake Trailhead… or so we thought it was Colchuck Lake. It was completely dark, it seemed like the end of the road… the trail seemed a bit brushier than a super popular trail should be, and I could have sworn it is way more forested than…

Tooth and Tooth Fairy 2020

The weather forecast was saying the rain would stop at 7am, and it was supposed to be a super light rain, so we figured getting to the base of Tooth Fairy at 8am would be good enough. In fact, the morning of, the forecast updated claiming no rain after 5am! We started hiking at 5am…

Baring Mountain 2016

Awesome hike up the crazy steep Mount Baring… 2:08 hours up and 1:45 hours down. Unfortunately probably my last hike for another 8 weeks… slammed my toe on a tree, the same toe that had the stress fracture 12 weeks ago… and now I’m pretty sure I’m back to square one. Which means I’ll be…

Paisano + Burgundy 2020

Gear All the gear we brought was useful! The doubles I brought seemed useful, the nuts were definitely useful, radios were useful since belays ended on top ridges. #0.2 – #4, with doubles of #0.4 – #2 Nuts 9 single alpines, 2 double alpines, 2 sport draws Radios (useful) 4 liters of water Bug spray…

Blueberry Buttress 2020

After bailing on Blueberry Buttress two years ago due to a loose flake, we’ve been wanting to get back up there. We heard the loose flake tumbled, and decided to go for Blueberry with a group of FIVE! Alexis, Gary, Liv, Cole, and myself. The road was in normal condition (no fallen tree anymore). Definitely…